Garth Brooks is finally reaching the end of the road. The end of his three-year world tour, that is. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Country, Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood talked about their long journey together, their dozen years of marriage, and what their plans are now that they are retreating to a quieter life. And one thing Brooks is certain of: He wants to be Mr. Yearwood.
The End of a Long Journey
On the eve of their 12th wedding anniversary, Garth Brooks spoke emotionally about his last set of shows on his world tour. A tour that encompassed three years and more than 400 dates. Taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, these last shows are almost the end of an era.
Brooks admitted he was concerned he would make it through all seven final dates. “I’m like 84 years old,” the 55-year-old Brooks joked. He quipped that the only way he’d make it through was for the crowd to carry him. But anyone that attended the two-hour show certainly knew better.
Brooks‘ tour concludes with some significant milestones. For one, he is currently at the No. 1 spot with “Ask Me How I Know,” his 20th chart-topping single (and first No. 1 in a decade). And not only is he at the top of the music charts, but he also claims the Number One non-fiction book in the country. This is thanks to the first volume of his lengthy memoir, The Anthology, Part One: The First Five Years.
So what is next for him when he steps off stage on that final night and the lights dim behind him?
In his interview, Brooks was as much interested in looking to the future as he was reflecting on the past.
“Let’s talk about the things that you hope remain constant,” Brooks said. “I hope I’m Mr. Yearwood, I hope my three children are healthy. Beyond that, I want to spend a lot more time inside the studio walls, I want to write, I want to get back to seeing Kent Blazy [his “If Tomorrow Never Comes” songwriter] every morning at 10, like we used to. Just having that, to know that you’re looking forward to that, and to get to hang out with new guys like Mitch Rossell.”
He continued, “There’s a young lady named Ashley McBryde… I just want to hang around her and get her vibe, and get to feel that new songwriting kind of feel. My goal as a writer is to get to be what Bill Anderson has been as a writer in this town. Because you see him and he’s writing with guys his age and he’s writing with teenagers. Nobody puts walls up on him; he writes everything with everybody and anybody. That’s what a songwriter should be.”
With his tour complete by month’s end, Brooks should certainly have time to accomplish all of those goals. And fans certainly look forward to hearing what he produces in the next years.